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Students see light at the end of the tunnel

A few area high school students share why they are getting the COVID vaccine...

‘School is about relationships’

New hire will coach football, work to increase student engagement...

Distance learning becomes a permanent choice

The district has learned a lot about online education during the COVID pandemic and wants to keep a virtual option available...

The year of learning virtually: a challenge for students and teachers alike

Local districts are making adjustments to better serve their online students, even as more return to classrooms...

Move to four days a week in person delayed by one week due to increased COVID cases

GRPS students in grades K-8 who were in person for learning just two days a week will have a choice to be in class four days a week or go to all-virtual learning starting in April...

Fighting illness with air handling

Across Kent ISD, schools are finding ways to provide more and cleaner air to students and staff...

Students celebrate the beauty of multiple languages

Students celebrated their Spanish-speaking heritage with International Mother Language Day at Alpine Elementary...

Students, teachers and parents climb the virtual learning curve

A year after schools statewide were forced to close their doors by a rampant virus, teachers and students alike have learned a ton about how to do online learning...

Teaching in the ‘virtual world’ and jumping from Zoom to Zoom

Spending the school year teaching her 29 students remotely has been a new experience full of challenges for Wyoming Public Schools fourth-grade virtual teacher Lysa Stockwell -- but there is a lot going on that is positive...

Students explore the globe, zoom in on where they are from

The ongoing project is a way for the school’s 137 ELL students to learn more about where they are from and share it with others...

‘You feel like your voice is being heard’

The high school’s Equity Conversations program provides a safe place where students and staff can talk openly about racism and other issues...

Creating safe spaces

On a freezing February morning at Pathways High School, two speakers from Michigan non-profit i understand spoke to students about the importance of mental health...

District works to increase staff diversity to mirror student population

Kentwood leaders say word of mouth brings teachers of color and those looking to teach in the most diverse district in the state. Staff members are trained to be aware of biases and remove them from the hiring process...

Students feel welcome in a district with ‘flags of every country’

In the state’s most diverse district, students weigh in on what it means to them to go to school with peers from all over the globe...

Districts ready to spend COVID relief dollars — once state allocates them

Area school districts are waiting for federal relief funding to address the year-long impact of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Superintendent pinpoints funding needs during pandemic and beyond

Federal COVID relief funding will help, but larger needs remain in Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, Kent County’s poorest school district, says Superintendent Kevin Polston...
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